Buried in between stories on ATF raids, the bureau Tweeted yesterday afternoon its intentions for “more study” on the purposed armor-piercing ammo exemption—M855 ammo ban—before making a final decision.
Thanks to the efforts of gun owners such as you, the ATF has already received a record number of comments—over 80,000—before the comment period has ended. The people have spoken and it seems the ATF heard our voices.
“Notice to those Commenting on the Armor Piercing Ammunition Exemption Framework
Thank you for your interest in ATF’s proposed framework for determining whether certain projectiles are “primarily intended for sporting purposes” within the meaning of 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(17)(C). The informal comment period will close on Monday, March 16, 2015. ATF has already received more than 80,000 comments, which will be made publicly available as soon as practicable.
Although ATF endeavored to create a proposal that reflected a good faith interpretation of the law and balanced the interests of law enforcement, industry, and sportsmen, the vast majority of the comments received to date are critical of the framework, and include issues that deserve further study. Accordingly, ATF will not at this time seek to issue a final framework. After the close of the comment period, ATF will process the comments received, further evaluate the issues raised therein, and provide additional open and transparent process (for example, through additional proposals and opportunities for comment) before proceeding with any framework.”
Leading organizations such as the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) are fighting for our rights on one level, but we need to support them from a grass roots level. Today, following the ATF’s announcement, the NSSF said, “NSSF continues to strongly urge ATF to grant 32 long-pending petitions to exempt alternative rifle ammunition designed and intended for the hunting market.” Further, the Firearms Policy Coalition sent out a breaking bulletin. President Brandon Combs writes, “While we’re pleased to see that the Obama Administration and ATF listened to the American people for once, it’s clear to us that this fight isn’t over. Gun owners must continue to be vigilant in their defense of the fundamental, individual right to keep and bear arms. As the M855 ammo ban debacle proved, the federal government will run over Second Amendment rights any chance it gets. We can’t take our eye off the ball for one second.” There is still the question of whether the ATF will ultimately rule in favor of the Second Amendment, so let us not celebrate any false victories. Instead, let us double or triple the number and really let the ATF hear our voices. Now is the time to ramp up the pressure. There are millions of gun owners and only 80,000 comments. The comment period is open until March 16.
How have you supported the effort to stop the ATF proposed ban? How will you continue to ensure its defeat in the future? Tell us in the comment section.